The greatest overhand right of all time?

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  1. reznick

    reznick In the 7.2% Full Member

    Mar 17, 2010
    Who do you guys think had the greatest overhand right (or left for southpaws) of all time?
  2. ETM

    ETM I thought I did enough to win. Full Member

    Mar 19, 2012
    The first image that came to me was Sugar Ray Robinson dropping the overhand right on Randy Turpin when he needed that punch. Watching some of the film' of Sugar Ray in the Golden Gloves way back in 39 show the overhand right being devastating. He just had so many other punches in his arsenal he didn't depend on any just one that much.

    In more modern boxing Tim Witherspoon had a really great overhand. Ask Frank Bruno. He pounded Frank into the canvas line a nail. That was a punch Tim used quote often.

    I guess Max Baer deserved a mention. That was his bread and butter as well.

    I don' know of anyone who had a better overhand than Rocky Graziano.

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  4. reznick

    reznick In the 7.2% Full Member

    Mar 17, 2010
    Good mentions so far.


    great picks.

    I would also definitely add

    Freddie Steele
    Sam Langford

    For the very best, I would say it's between Louis or Rocky.
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  5. ticar

    ticar Well-Known Member banned Full Member

    Dec 7, 2008
    Riddick Bowe
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  6. The Morlocks

    The Morlocks Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Nov 21, 2009
    Arturo Frias overhand right KO Claude Noel. Great rthd KO
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  7. surfinghb

    surfinghb Boxing Addict Full Member

    Aug 26, 2017
    Firpo?? That's your guy right rez?? .. oh wait no it's Primo
  8. 5016

    5016 Member Full Member

    May 3, 2014
    I would say that, in terms of form, Louis had the best of every type of punch for a heavyweight.
  9. JohnThomas1

    JohnThomas1 Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Apr 27, 2005
    Not mentioned is Michael Spinks who at 175 had an overhand right to die for. It almost decapitated guys at times.

    For pure power Shavers was frightening and when Julian Jackson turned one over look out.

    Hopkins was extremely accurate with his.
  10. Cecil

    Cecil Boxing Addict Full Member

    Mar 22, 2015
    Well Ingemar Johansson wasn’t a great heavyweight champion but he had a great overhand right.
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  11. BCS8

    BCS8 Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Aug 21, 2012
    Speaking of Rocky, I just watched a video on him that Serge linked to. The author was "reznick". I'm guessing that it was you? Just wanted to say it was a great, great piece of editing. Better than 99% of the youtube crapola out there. :thumbsup:
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  12. dinovelvet

    dinovelvet Antifanboi Full Member

    Jul 21, 2012
  13. scartissue

    scartissue Boxing Addict Full Member

    Mar 2, 2006
    I was never the biggest fan of Ken Norton, but I have to say about his overhand right that it was one of the most ripping, fastest shots I ever saw. He employed it when he had an opponent on the ropes. Nailed Ali with it several times during their 3rd fight and took the senses from Bobick with it. Did not employ it with the same regularity against Holmes and Young - he did nail them with it - but I put this down to him getting older and the difficulty in delivering it, because the effort in the manner he delivered it had to take a lot out of him energy-wise. Still, a thing of beauty and one of those shots that make you go, "Ohhhhh!"
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  14. choklab

    choklab cocoon of horror Full Member

    Dec 31, 2009
    The Most dramatic over hand right has to be Oleg Maskiev up ending Hasim Rahman.

    Poor Rahman went through the ropes, broke a table with his head before breaking his fall, head first on bare concrete under the table. Then, before anybody could stop it, a big metal technical contraption slid from the busted part of the table onto hasim as he lay there.

    And even better, the slow motion replay captures the moment a metal folding chair was thrown down from the top of the arena and hit Steve Smoger squarely on the dyed strands of hair covering his bald head.

  15. Saad54

    Saad54 Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Dec 10, 2014

    Speaking of Lewis, here he is hit with pretty decent overhand right.
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